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In the spirit of the Society for Education and Training’s professional standard on collaboration this website was set up to share ideas with other teachers and educators in the design technology and engineering subject field.

6) Build positive and collaborative relationships with colleagues and learners

20) Contribute to organisational development and quality improvement through collaboration with others

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Recommended Textbooks for GCSE (9-1) Design and Technology:

DT & Engineering Blog: Are you ready for the new Design and Technology GCSE (9-1)?


Below are the books that I recommend you buy in order to prepare for the new Design and Technology GCSE (9-1):

AQA GCSE (9-1) Design & Technology 8552

AQA GCSE (9-1) Design and Technology: All Material Categories and Systems

AQA GCSE (9-1) Design and Technology: Textile-Based Materials

AQA GCSE (9-1) Design and Technology: Paper and Boards

New Grade 9-1 GCSE Design & Technology AQA Revision Guide

AQA GCSE Design & Technology All-in-One Revision and Practice (Collins GCSE 9-1 Revision)

AQA GCSE (9-1) Engineering


Formative feedback in art


Formative feedback in art

Class Teaching

The eternal quest to find the perfect feedback balance is something teachers at all levels wrestle with both at a strategic and day-to-day level.  In this week’s teaching forum head of art and technology Gail Christie shares an insight into how teachers use formative feedback in her department.

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The research evidence behind the power of feedback, and particularly formative feedback, is extremely strong, and comes from several sources, be that John Hattie’s meta-analysis, the EEF toolkit, Daisy Christodoulou, or Dylan Wiliam.  However, the devil lies in the detail and the positive effects only relate to good feedback, in fact when it goes wrong the positive effects can quickly be reserved.  This problem is supported by a meta-analysis by Kluger and DeNisi which found that 38% of feedback studies included actually had negative effects.

When picking through the feedback minefield I always find it useful to keep this particular Dylan Wiliam quote…

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Learning Styles – The fad which will not die


Learning Styles – The fad which will not die

Scenes From The Battleground

Teacher Tapp is an app that surveys teachers every day. While those who answer are self-selecting so it is probably not completely reflective of all teachers, it’s probably going to be biased towards the more informed teacher, rather than the less informed. This makes the following result (reported here last week) somewhat concerning.

That’s an overwhelming vote in favour of learning styles. This is a shock.

I’ve written about learning styles in the past:

A rough summary of the situation is that there is no good research evidence for any learning styles, the most famous types of learning styles are known to be based on pseudo science, and there is still a significant unclaimed reward available to anyone who can…

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